The Tardis Project

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The Tardis Project is a computing facility, run and maintained by students of The University of Edinburgh. It was one of the first such projects of its kind, founded in 1987 by the School of Informatics (previously Department of Computer Science) and is still held in high regard. Tardis provides services to members of the University, such as web hosting and mail access.

One of the Tardis Project's main aims is to allow students at the university to be involved in running a large computing system, and learn the experience required to design, build and maintain such a system.


Get Involved

Accounts are open to all students and staff, for more information, please see the account applications page, or contact us with any queries you may have. You may also choose to seek the Tardis Beginner Tutorials.

More about the Tardis Project and its purpose can be found in The Tardis Charter.

We regularly have meetings in the The Auld Hoose on Mondays at 1830. All are welcome and we would especially like to meet anyone who want accounts or are interested in the project—even if you're new to the university!

If you would like to chat to existing Tardis users, please visit the chat rooms mentioned in the "Community" section!


Popular Services


Current Events

Here is a list of current changes, major problems and developments going on in Tardis.

If you would like to help us with or you would like to learn about how we are doing any of the above projects please contact us at





2 April 2018

  • Tardis is now living in AT 7.01a.

30 March 2018

  • Tardis down for move to Appleton Tower.

3 January 2018

  • Tardis returns.

24 December 2017

  • Tardis down over holidays due to router disk failure.

24 August 2017

  • The new Tardis room is AT 7.01a.

11 April 2017

  • The School of Informatics have identified a room that may be used as a dedicated server room for Tardis on level 7 of Appleton Tower.

10 Feb 2017

  • It has been agreed that the School of Informatics will find a (yet to be determined) location for the Tardis servers within Appleton Tower.

1 May 2015

  • Tardis is now living in the Informatics Forum Data Center. Access is supervised and only within business hours (Mon-Fri).

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